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Roland V-Drums Tweaks

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 01:55:53

Posts: 16149
Location: Pacific Northwest
Joined: August 25, 2002

After a number of issues have been addressed, an ongoing plan to get a set of electronic Roland V-Drums up and running is close to being accomplished. Other than Lummy and a few other AA Inmates know I'm a retired professional drummer, I'd like to share what I have in plan as an audiophile to provide better audio performance for what is a high-end pro audio application, being improved by audiophile-quality gear for the purpose.

Not particularly expensive, but high-performance gear is planned to be used to make the electronic drum kit sound better vs. the stock form out of the box will provide. Not to mention audiophile-quality cabling involved in the line-level applications, and audiophile-quality cabling otherwise involved in the monitoring applications, most vital is the stock switch mode AC adapter for the Roland drum sound module will be replaced with my favorite low-cost Studer900 regulated linear power supply unit, based on the stellar Swiss-made Studer 900 recording console power supply design that provides a very low-noise floor with excellent imaging and an outstanding soundstage presentation for audiophile applications, in my experience.

Furthermore, I'll use my favorite affordable Oyaide Black Mamba V2 bulk power cable terminated with my choice of AC connectors based on which set provides the best sound to my ear for the electronic drum set, exactly to my own listening taste. A merging of pro audio sensibilities, with audiophile sensitivities will make this endeavor even more meaningful to me as a drummer. The sound of a drum set, whether acoustic or electronic has always been half of what being a drummer is all about, in my book. This is an exciting time for woodshedding as a musician right here and right now, in the safety and security of my home. Wish me well as a fellow AA Inmate as I explore the adventure of being a drummer again, during this time of crisis we all must endure until further notice. Finding joy in what we choose to do with our time is most important, these days.

Cheers, Duster


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RE: Roland V-Drums Tweaks, posted on April 14, 2020 at 05:58:33
The Dill

Posts: 1656
Location: Portland, Oregon
Joined: July 1, 2004
February 3, 2016
Interesting experiment Duster, look forward to the results.


This is heartening!, posted on April 14, 2020 at 09:05:07

Posts: 4726
Location: Bay Area
Joined: December 11, 2000
Since the music comes first, you being a drummer is far more important than audio. I had just entered Presidio Middle School, when I heard your song, "Chinatown." Little did I know that, a few years later in high school, my friends, girlfriends, and future wife would come from Chinatown.

In high school, my late friend Skull, who was into rock music, lived in the Tenderlon, just two blocks from Hyde Street Studios. He would furl his brow, "Hmmm, I could have sworn I saw Joe Satriani walking by."

Anyway, maybe we were at the Guitar Center on 9th Street. Somebody was giving a drum demo. He played some drum parts of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" on various brands of kits. Thus, he pointed out how each brand had its own sound. The Sonor kit had thicker walls, and thus, had a duller, but lower pitch. The Tama kit had a combination of snap and punch, which rocked!

At the same time, Def Leppard's Hysteria was gaining in popularity. Because their drummer had lost an arm, but wanted to continue playing, Def Leppard used an electronic drum kit. So I'm looking forward to your adventures in using audiophile parts and techniques on electronic drum kits.


RE: Roland V-Drums Tweaks, posted on April 16, 2020 at 10:57:45

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Joined: December 10, 2016
CooOOooOoOoOoOLLLLL !!!!!

Dynobots Audio - Music is the Bridge Between Heaven and Earth


RE: Roland V-Drums Tweaks, posted on June 25, 2020 at 11:04:10

Posts: 25
Location: southeastern US
Joined: May 14, 2010
From a fellow drummer congrats for getting back into it. Looking forward to your results. BTW about 6 months ago I was lucky enough to find a mid to late 60's Rogers Londoner - puts a smile on my face every time I walk into my drum room.


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